AstonCrusader is DSV’s first own bred hybrid ryegrass. It is a tetraploid variety which is officially recommended in England and Wales as well as in Germany. The recommendation in England and Wales directly shows that AstonCrusader produces very high total annual yields with an extraordinary early spring growth (rel. 106). Combined with excellent disease resistance, AstonCrusader is an absolutely top variety in this segment.

The official German BSA marks confirm the strong yield potential of this variety. AstonCrusader achieves strong and stable dry matter yields in the first and subsequent cuts. These characteristics are combined with good persistence, sward density and rust resistance. All in all, these were the most important characteristics that led directly to the variety being recommended in the low mountain region in Germany. AstonCrusader is yet another strong variety in the DSV portfolio suitable for broad use on the international markets. AstonCrusader is also an interesting variety for our farmers in grass seed multiplication.

National listing/Official recommendation:

  • very high yield potential
  • excellent early spring growth
  • intermediate type (Lm/Lp)


Ploidy tetraploid
Mature early to inter
Ploidy tetraploid
Mature early to inter
Total Annual Yields
1st harvest year (% of 18.22 t DM/ha)100
2nd harvest year (% of 13.53 t DM/ha)102
3rd harvest year (% of 12.41 t DM/ha) 103
Total yield: Mean (% of 14.85 t DM/ha) 102
1st and 2nd cut ME yield, first harvest year (% of 119 000 mj/ha) 100
Year of Sowing (% of 1.63 t DM/ha)101
Agronomic characters
Ground cover% (2nd harvest year)61
Ground cover% (3rd harvest year)57
Autumn ground cover (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)4.2
Winter hardiness (1-9, 1=poor 9=good) 7.4
Conservation management
Early spring growth (% of 1.57 t DM/ha)106
1st conservation cut (% of 6.50 t DM/ha)103
1st conservation cut D-Value 71.8
2nd conservation cut (% of 3.95 t DM/ha)94
2nd conservation cut D-Value 68.7
Monthly cuts ( % of 6.04 t DM/ha) 99
Disease resistance
Ryegrass mosaic virus (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)6.8
Mildew (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)7.0
Brown Rust (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)7.2
Crown Rust (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)6.3

Source: AHDB Hybrid Ryegrass Varieties Recommended List 2023/2024

All specified information is given to the best of our knowledge and belief, but without guarantee on completeness and correctness. Despite care we cannot guarantee that the described characteristics are repeatable / comprehensive in agricultural practice in each case. DSV United Kingdom Ltd. excludes adhesion for damage or claims for damages, resulting of the use for the variety specified in this description. Mixture compositions may change if individual varieties are not available. As of 10/2022. Subject to change without notice.